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Pedestrian killed on highway Wednesday

By Staff Reports
Published in News on April 29, 2012 1:50 AM

A Goldsboro man died late Wednesday night after being struck from behind by a car while he was walking on the roadway of U.S. 70 East.

According to the Highway Patrol, Carroll Leamon Ezzell, 66, of 2201 Royall Ave. was walking about four feet inside the left lane of the eastbound highway when he was struck by a vehicle operated by Jennifer Truzy Benjamin, 38, of 1507 Peachtree St.

Neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the accident and no charges will be filed, said Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. G.L. Burton. However, an autopsy has been ordered, he said.

The accident happened at 10:52 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 70 between Longs Plant Farm Road and Powell Road near the Elroy Fire Station. Both the Benjamin vehicle and Ezzell were traveling east.

Ezzell did not have any identification on him, something that Burton said he sees as a problem in the county. In those cases, it takes several hours to identify the victim and to contact the family, he said.

Burton encourages people to carry some form of identification with them at all times, particularly if it is a state-issued one.